Barraco #55
Rua de Assembleia, 19 Fundos, Nova Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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BARRACO #55 is a cultural incubator and hostel at the same time in Complexo do Alemão, one of the biggest favelas (low income area) of Rio de Janeiro.

It’s a house where travelling artists and culturally interested people can exchange culture and knowledge with locals in order to get to know the local reality and learn from one another. We organise, together with our guests, events, workshops and sociocultural projects in which anyone can participate.

Our rooms are simple, but comfortable, with shared bathrooms.

Attention: Note that Barraco #55 is located about 30-45 minutes from the city center and the beach.

The area, that used to be dominated by drugs gangs, is now pacified and occupied by the police since two years and safe to visit for foreigners. However, the image of the favela is still very negative, and people (especially taxi-drivers) often scare our visitors saying that it's very unsafe. This situation has changed a lot over the past years. Many people have stayed in Barraco #55 in the past years and we would not be operating here if it was so bad.

If you have to cancel your booking, you must do it at least 48hrs before arrival.

Check in: 14:00
Check out: 12:00




We are located in Complexo do Alemo, a favela, and although now safe it is still a stigmatized area, and taxi drivers usually don't like going up. Instead, you can take a taxi to 'Praa de Inhauma' (officially known as Praa 24 de Outubro but not called that by the locals) and from there, a 'Kombi' (VW mini van) up. From Praa de Inhauma, just follow the public transport instructions from the city centre below.

Of course, you can always ask a taxi driver if they do go up to Complexo do Alemo, as for some that is no problem, but please don't let them scare you: Taxi drivers spread really negative information about the favelas and warn tourists not to go there because it's supposed to be too dangerous! This is NOT the case. Since the pacification project in Rio it is now safe for tourists to enter the favela. Furthermore, if you stay with us, you will be treated nicely and respectfully, as the community knows about our work!

A taxi during the day should be around 40 Reais. Be sure to take a taxi from the DEPARTURE FLOOR (on the second floor of the airport) and NOT from the arrivals floor as they will charge you double there!


From the AIRPORT: Barraco #55 is relatively close to Galeao / Tom Jobim airport and by bus it will generally take you about 20 mins to get here. Outside the second floor of the airport, take the nibus 915, or a 'Kombi' (a white mini bus) to 'Bonsuceso'. At the final stop, you can take the Teleferico (cable car) up to the station of 'Itarar'. When you get out of the Teleferico station, ahead and slightly to the left you will see a street leading up from the station. Take this street ('Rua da Assembleia') and walk up for about 5 minutes, until you see a small square overlooking the city on your left hand side and a pillar with 'Barraco #55' painted on it on your right. Take the small alley on the right hand side, and on your left you will see a door marked '19 Fundos'.

From the CITY CENTER: Take metro line 2 to 'Inhauma', and transfer to a Kombi (a white mini bus - they leave from the gas station at the Inhama Square, a 4 minute walk from the metro exit) to 'Alvorada'. Ask the driver to drop you off at the 'Igreja da Assembleia da Alvorada'. They will drop you off in front of a small white church complex. You will see a pillar with 'Barraco #55' painted on it. Take the small alley and on your left you will see a door marked '19 Fundos'. You have arrived.